Last Chance: Save 30,000 SkyMiles on Business Class Awards to Europe


In case you have missed it otherwise, note that today is the last day to book Delta award tickets to Europe at a reduced rate via their current “flash sale”. Through 11:59PM EDT on 3/15/17, you can book a round trip award to Europe from 50,000 miles in the Main Cabin, or 110,00 miles in Delta One (business class). Given how low economy fares to Europe can be, business class is likely the much better, and more comfortable, deal here.…

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Inside the ‘New’ Hyatt Regency Maui Club Lounge!

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I don’t like elite status because I need to feel fancy or important…I’m clearly not. I like elite status because it can save my family real money on our trips, while at the same time making travel more comfortable. With some hotel programs one way that elite status can help is by providing us lounge access on our stays. We have spent the last several days at the Hyatt Regency Maui, and I am so impressed with how much we…

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Win Top Tier Hyatt Globalist Status!

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Earlier this month Hyatt launched their new World of Hyatt loyalty program, and for Hyatt elites the changes brought with them good and bad news, depending on your own situation. Those who were used to qualifying for top tier Hyatt Diamond status annually with 25 eligible one-night stays were met with a sack of bad news to the face as the new program requires 55 – 60 eligible nights per year to qualify or re-qualify for top tier Globalist status. Because…

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Last Chance to for Easy 5x Points This Quarter!

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The Chase Freedom is one of my favorite rewards card with no annual fee, but it is one that requires a small bit of upkeep to maximize its full rewards earning potential. Each quarter you need to register to earn 5x points in the bonus categories, and then of course you need to remember what those categories are when you are out and about using your card. The deadline to activate the first quarter 5x bonus categories of gas stations and local commuter…

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The Award Booking Mistake I’m Not Making Again


In the very near future, we head off on a much awaited return trip to Hawaii. Hawaii is a super interesting destination for many reasons, one of which is that even though for most of us is pretty far away spot, the majority of the planes that fly to Hawaii don’t have the fancy lie-flat seats that you would find if you were heading the opposite direction to Europe. However, from here in Houston it can easily take us longer to…

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Final Weekend for Sapphire Reserve 100,000 Point Offer!


My favorite new rewards credit card and sign-up bonus in the last couple years has been the Chase Sapphire Reserve and its 100,000 point sign-up bonus. My husband and I (and several friends and family members) all got in on this deal when the offer was available online until January of this year. While the offer is not available online any more, it has continued to be available in Chase branches for those who go and apply in person. However,…

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Today Only: Earn 8x United Miles at Apple!


Apple is one of those stores that rarely has very high of a payout in any of the miles and points or cashback online portals, but today is an exception to that general rule. Today only (3/10/17), you can earn 8 United miles per dollar for your purchases if you first start your purchase from the United MileagePlus Shopping site! This 8x miles per dollar rate can add up pretty quickly, especially since many Apple products aren’t especially inexpensive! If…

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Skiing at Canyons Park City With a Family


We selected the Hyatt Centric Park City and the adjacent Canyons section of the Park City Ski Resort for this year’s mom/daughter ski trip primarily because it was a great value on Hyatt points, and it was somewhere we hadn’t yet skied. You can read all about the Hyatt Centric Park City in this post, or check out the video below to see the hotel and the mountain in action, but now it is time to focus on our time…

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Amex Limiting Family’s Complimentary Access to Centurion Lounges?!

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Update: You can move this from rumor to confirmed. Amex has now confirmed with me that beginning March 30, 2017, the Centurion Lounge guest policy for Platinum Card® Members will change. All Platinum Card® Members will be limited to two total guests at no additional charge. One-day passes for any additional guests, including immediate family members, may be purchased for $50. All individuals, regardless of age, will count towards the 2-guest-maximum for Platinum.” The Amex Centurion Lounge network has certainly made…

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Earn Up To 1,000 Bonus American AAdvantage Miles

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If you have some online shopping to take care of in the next week or so, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus American miles in the process via a new bonus from the AAdvantage shopping site! From 3/7/17 – 3/17/17 you can earn one bonus of 300 or 1,000 American AAdvantage miles based on your cumulative purchase amounts via the AAdvantage eShopping site. You can earn a maximum of one of the following bonuses: 300 miles for qualifying purchases…

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